Bearkat Alley

Tailgating at SHSU

Bearkat Alley is the official tailgate area during football season. For every home game (and for specific away games) the Department of Student Activities hosts a variety of organizations and departments who “camp” out in a designated area at the North side of Bowers Stadium. These groups cook an assortment of foods, which in return is free for all those who attend Bearkat Alley with their Bearkat OneCard. Also, different giveaways are distributed throughout the season, ranging from t-shirts to spirit towels in order to boost Sam Houston pride.

If you have any questions about Bearkat Alley, please contact Steven Begnaud at


Bearkat Alley Forms

2022 Bearkat Alley Dates

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10th Northern Arizona 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17th Texas A&M Commerce 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 12th Abilene Christian 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 19th Southern Utah 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

General Policies (for a complete list of tailgating policies please refer to the official Bearkat Alley Information Packet).

  • Tailgating area will be blocked off the night before a home football game.
  • Lot will be open at least 6 hours prior to game time.
  • All vehicle traffic stops in the area 30 minutes prior to Tailgate kick-off. The gates to enter Bearkat Alley will be locked and entry will only be granted to medical vehicles and official Sam Houston State University vehicles. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Alcohol consumption will be monitored by UPD and any problems that occur will be handled by UPD.  Minor consumption violations will be ticketed.
  • Sam Houston State University reserves the right to revoke the tailgating pass of those who do not comply with these guidelines.